Oct 7 2020

Welcome Back, Lily Moore!

If you’ve been reading my fiction for a while, you know that my first three novels feature an intrepid travel writer named Lily Moore. My debut novel, THE DAMAGE DONE, won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. That book, and the others featuring Lily, have been out of print for the past couple of years, but I’m delighted to say that I’m bringing them back in new editions — in paperback and eBook. THE DAMAGE DONE returns to the world today! Some of the praise it’s received since its first publication by Tor/Forge in 2010:

“Hilary Davidson’s lush novel delivers on all counts, offering both slow-burn suspense and creeping pathos. Taking the classic story of a hero’s quest to solve the riddle of a wayward sister, it’s ultimately a tale of lost women, victims and victimizers, damaging and perilously damaged. A rich, haunting debut.” — Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

“One of the best debuts I’ve read in years.” — Crimespree Magazine

“Davidson smartly injects the proceedings with a healthy dose of noir. Just like many of her characters, Davidson isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. The result is a mystery that contains more grit than glamour. And while it still has a heart, it’s of the broken variety.” — Noir Journal

“Making a notable fiction debut, travel journalist Davidson has written an intriguing psychological mystery with a fully drawn protagonist who is surrounded by real characters who either care for her or who want her to fit their idea of who she should be.” — Library Journal

“THE DAMAGE DONE is truly an astonishing read. Think Hitchcock writing for the hip Manhattan set… Neil Young might have to rewrite the song. The novel is that startling and original.” — Ken Bruen, award-winning author of the Jack Taylor series

The eBook is available now via Apple, Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and everywhere else eBooks are sold. The trade paperback (ISBN 978-0989726313) will be out later this month via Ingram, which means it can be ordered by any bookstore or library. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Lily’s return! Stay tuned for a virtual event later this year.


Oct 1 2020

Cover Reveal!

Friends, I am thrilled to share this news: my Anthony Award–winning debut novel, THE DAMAGE DONE, is coming back into print. It will be available as an eBook via Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Nook (and a host of international eBook retailers) on October 6th, and as a paperback a little later this month. Check out the stunning new cover, which was created by the incredibly talented folks at Damonza.com. More news to come!


Jul 16 2020

DON’T LOOK DOWN Gets a Starred Review From Library Journal!

My latest book, DON’T LOOK DOWN, has had a wild ride. It was released as the pandemic hit North America and most of my book tour had to be cancelled. (In retrospect, I was extremely lucky in that I got to have a Toronto party at Ben McNally Books before the book came out, and then events in New York with Sarah Weinman and Alex Segura before the city was shut down.) The reviews have been wonderful but many have been delayed as we’re all adjusted to our new normal. It was a huge thrill to learn that Library Journal just gave the audiobook a starred review! Here’s a little bit of what they say:

“Davidson’s wildly intense murder mystery grabs the listener from the beginning and holds on to the very end… The many characters are well written and have complex back stories that enhance the tale. The age-old themes of survival, class, ambition, greed, revenge, love, and deceit all come into play.”

Better late than never! If you’d like to read the full review, it’s available to the public as part of this article. PS The “Wildly Exciting Police Procedural” mentioned in the title is my book!


May 27 2020

Join Me for a Virtual Panel Tonight!

What are you doing at 7pm Eastern tonight? I hope the answer is that you’ll be joining Riley Sager, Wendy Walker, Matthew Farrell, moderator A.F. Brady, and me for a virtual panel about thrillers and suspense. We were originally scheduled to visit the Katonah Village Library in person for the event, but it’s been reinvented as a virtual event — which means you can join from wherever you are. Just email katinfo@wlsmail.org for a free Zoom link to join us. See you tonight!

 


Apr 28 2020

A Rave from the Globe & Mail!

There is nothing like a rave from legendary reviewer Margaret Cannon to make my day! I was over the moon to see DON’T LOOK DOWN featured in Cannon’s latest column for The Globe & Mail, “Six New Mystery Novels to Cure the Isolation Blues.” Here’s a little bit of what she had to say about my latest novel:

Donʼt Look Down, the second novel in a series featuring NYPD police Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza, is a stunning trip through the Big Apple. Itʼs also a deftly plotted mystery that begins with blackmail and revenge… This is an excellent book with good characters and an fantastic plot, but what I loved were Davidsonʼs descriptions of New York.

If you’d like to read the full review — and the rest of the article — click here (it’s behind the Globe‘s paywall, so you need to be a subscriber). Thank you, Margaret Cannon!


Apr 6 2020

More About That Virtual Noir at the Bar

Friday night was a great night. The first-ever Virtual Noir at the Bar was a huge hit, with some 400+ viewers joining us from all over the continent and beyond. Huge thanks to Alex Segura for organizing the event and to Kew & Willow Books for hosting it! If you missed out, you can still watch the entire show now on Crowdcast. (I’m on about an hour and a quarter in, reading from DON’T LOOK DOWN.) They say that necessity is the mother of invention — and our current state of quarantine was obviously the impetus for doing the event this way — but the fact that this format allowed so many people to take part is an argument for doing it again even after we can go outside.


Apr 1 2020

A Virtual Noir at the Bar

There’s a new event on my calendar — and it’s a virtual one, so everyone can join in. This Friday, April 3rd, at 7pm Eastern Time, I’ll be participating in the first-ever virtual Noir at the Bar, hosted by Alex Segura and sponsored by Kew & Willow Books. The lineup includes Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sarah Weinman, John Vercher, Wallace Stroby, and a host of terrific writers. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. Here’s the Crowdcast link to join us. Kew & Willow Books — a fantastic shop based in Queens, NY — will be selling the authors’ books during the event, and you’ll be able to chat with us during breaks between readings. Pour yourself a drink and join us for a wonderful night of crime fiction.


Mar 16 2020

Out Now: The Swamp Killers

Things are changing rapidly these days because of COVID-19. Tonight, New York closed its restaurants (except for takeout and delivery), bars, and gyms. Museums were shut down last week. Fortunately, books never expire, and they’re great company in a quarantine. I’m thrilled to say that THE SWAMP KILLERS: A NOVEL IN STORIES is out today from Down & Out Books!

Edited by E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen — the same dynamic duo that brought you THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD in 2017 — it’s not a sequel, but chance to bring a band of reprobates together for a new mission. I’m in the book with my story “Cockroach,” along with Alex Dolan, Rebecca Drake, Gwen Florio, Elizabeth Heiter, J.J. Hensley, Susi Holliday, Shannon Kirk, Tara Laskowski, Jenny Milchman, Alan Orloff, Tom Sweterlitsch, Art Taylor, and Wendy Tyson. Here’s the premise:

Here’s what we know is true.

Timmy Milici, a low-level hitter with the infamous Atlanta-based Duplass crime family, ran off with Melody Duplass to Jacksonville, Florida. Olivia Duplass, her mother and head of the Duplass family, was incensed, and put a price on Timmy—a hundred thousand for his corpse, but with explicit instructions that her daughter not be harmed.

We know that’s true.

Or, at least, we think we do.

Sixteen writers tell their versions of what happened those fateful days in this gripping novel-in-stories, brought to you from the team behind The Night of the Flood.

Sounds sweet and vicious, doesn’t it? Pick up your copy now!


Mar 10 2020

Travel Update

Was it really just two weeks ago that I was happily posting about book-tour events in Arizona, California, and Virginia? So much has changed since then, with the relentless march of COVID-19 across the US. This morning, the Virginia Festival of the Book canceled this year’s festival. While Left Coast Crime in San Diego hasn’t been canceled (yet), I’ve decided not to attend. Because my plan’s to appear at Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen were tied to that trip, I’ve had to cancel my appearance there tomorrow night, too. I am sorry to miss seeing friends, but I’m also hoping that everyone stays healthy. (PS If you want a signed hardcover of DON’T LOOK DOWN, the Poisoned Pen will have them next week; you can order it online.)


Feb 27 2020

Upcoming Events for DON’T LOOK DOWN

The weeks around a book release are always a whirlwind. Before the big day, I’m writing essays and answering Q&As and doing whatever advance promotion I can; once the book is out in the world, there’s a tour (even when I say I’m not doing one, apparently!). I’ve been lucky enough to have two wonderful launch parties — one in Toronto at Ben McNally Books, and one in New York at the Mysterious Bookshop — and to present DON’T LOOK DOWN at other events, including the Ontario Library Association Superconference. I also have some fabulous events coming up:

NEW YORK

Friday, February 28th, at 7pm: I’ll be at the fabulous Kew & Willow Books in Queens with two friends, authors Alex Segura and Nancy Bilyeau. Join us for a relaxed evening of books, wine, and Star Trek chat (yes, we are all fans). Free event, open to all.

ARIZONA

Wednesday, March 11th, at 6:30pm: There’s only one store I’ve visited on every book tour, and that’s Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen. I’m excited to be back to talk about DON’T LOOK DOWN! Free event, open to all.

CALIFORNIA

Will you be at Left Coast Crime in San Diego? I’m on a couple of panels, both on Saturday, March 14th: at 10:15am, I’ll be talking about “Crime Fiction and Reality: How do today’s headlines impact fiction?” with Tracy Clark, Puja Guha, Keith Raffel, and moderator Laurie Rockenbeck. At 1:15pm, I’m on “Let’s Talk About Sex (in Mysteries)” with Ed Aymar, David Corbett, Jennifer Kincheloe, and moderator Holly West. A good time will be had by all! (I hope.)

VIRGINIA

Saturday, March 21st, at 4pm: I have the pleasure of appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book this year. I’m on the “Dangerous Territories” panel with Don Bentley, Gabino Iglesias, Rip Rawlings, and moderator Steve Weddle. Free event, open to all!